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Minnesota Takes A Stand On Making Bakken Oil Trains Safer

Minnesota Takes A Stand On Making Bakken Oil Trains Safer

October 3, 2014 | KUNC|O il trains are one of the clearest connections between the Bakken oil field in North Dakota and regular Americans. In 2008, no oil left North Dakota by train. Now, over 700,000 barrels a day do. The trains run next to homes and through downtowns from Oregon to Virginia. And when […]

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U.S. regulator taking steps to tame oil train dangers

October 2, 2014 | Reuters| WASHINGTON Oct 1 (Reuters) – U.S. inspectors will use a device that detects explosive gases during spot checks of oil train cargoes as the government prepares new rules to prevent deadly explosions, a Transportation Department official said on Wednesday. A national energy bonanza has been aided by oil trains connecting […]

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Chicago, suburbs tell U.S. to tighten crude-oil train rules

Chicago, suburbs tell U.S. to tighten crude-oil train rules

October 1, 2014 |Chicago Tribune| Warning that a crude-oil train derailment in the densely populated Chicago area could result in “unthinkable” devastation, city and suburban officials are calling for stricter rules on hazardous material shipments than the federal government has proposed. “An incident in a heavily populated area of the city could potentially impact thousands […]

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Citizens, Federal Officials Concerned By Deterioration Of Area Railroad Bridges

Citizens, Federal Officials Concerned By Deterioration Of Area Railroad Bridges

October 1, 2014 | WPR News| The safety of some rail bridges along the Mississippi River has some residents concerned and federal officials questioning the integrity of the structures. The railroads follow the entire stretch of the Mississippi River along Wisconsin. Trains travel next to highways, pass through towns and cross the river on lines […]

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PHMSA oil train official steps down

September 24, 2014 | Energy Global | Cynthia Quarterman, the federal regulator who oversaw expansion of the US oil train sector and the fallout from several fiery derailments, will step down, according to reports. As administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) since November 2009, Quarterman has been a leading safety official […]

U.S. Transportation Secretary Meets With La Crosse Residents To Discuss Rail Safety

U.S. Transportation Secretary Meets With La Crosse Residents To Discuss Rail Safety

September 24, 2014 | WPR | A room filled with train conductors, federal rail officials, local lawmakers and community activists voiced their concerns to Foxx about rail traffic in the region, which has been increasing thanks to oil shipments from North Dakota and elsewhere that run through Wisconsin. Some people talked about safety and response issues, while […]

Mystery trains: Crews, communities in the dark on chemical cargo

Mystery trains: Crews, communities in the dark on chemical cargo

September 23, 2014 | MPR News| At least 18 times in the past three years BNSF Railway freight trains rolled west out of Minneapolis pulling cars filled with hazardous chemicals that were not on the trains’ official cargo list, according to train crew complaints. That’s contrary to federal regulation because in case of an accident, […]

Baldwin Meets With La Crosse Residents To Discuss Rail Safety

Baldwin Meets With La Crosse Residents To Discuss Rail Safety

            September 23, 2014 | WPR| As more Bakken oil makes its way through Wisconsin from North Dakota to oil refineries, Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., met with La Crosse residents on Tuesday to discuss their growing concerns for rail safety in the region. One group of residents, Citizens Acting for […]

More Fiery Oil Train, Pipeline Accidents Unless Government Acts: Report

Septebmer 22, 2014 | NBC News |If the U.S. doesn’t quickly address the safe transportation of oil and gas, Americans could pay the price with more fiery train and pipeline accidents, according to a report released Monday by the Government Accountability Office. [Read the entire article here.] [Read the report here.]

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Environmental groups sue U.S. Department of Transportation over oil train safety

Environmental groups sue U.S. Department of Transportation over oil train safety

September 11, 2014 | Oregon Live | SEATTLE — Environmental groups sued the U.S. Department of Transportation on Thursday over the shipment of volatile crude oil in older railroad tank cars. Accident investigators have complained for decades that the cars are too easily punctured or ruptured when derailed, leading to spills. [Read the entire article […]

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